The campaign starts from Last Hearth. Located south of the wall and just east of the King's road, it is the northernmost and last major city of the North. The Umber family rules Last Hearth and are stong supporters and bannermen of House Stark. Winterfell is the seat of House Stark, located well to the south and west of Last Hearth along the King's road.
The Wall is a giant wall constructed of ice and magic that denotes the northern border of the Seven Kingdoms. It is seven hundred feet high and wide enough for a dozen armored men to ride abreast and is manned by the Night's Watch. The Watch had built nineteen castles along the Wall thousands of years ago, but now only three are occupied with less than 1,000 men in their ranks that once numbered over 10,000.
Once you say the words and join the Night Watch, a man is bound for life. Once considered an honorable post, most brothers are now former convicted lawbreakers who have been sent to the wall instead of being imprisoned or killed. Others are orphans, fostered children of wildlings, or members of noble families with little chance of inheriting any lands or title. Men who abandon their posts are considered to be dead men - oathbreakers are normally punished by death.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Dorian Shaw is the son of the Ser Alain Shaw, the Master at Arms of Last Hearth. The Shaw family is a minor house in service to the Umbers. Alain Shaw fought with the armies of the North under Eddard Stark and Robert Baratheon on the Trident during Robert's Rebellion. He was knighted on the field.
Dorian has grown up on the training grounds, practicing his martial skills under his father's tutelage with Lothar Umber and Elick Snow. When he is not training with his father, Dorian is usually with Yori, learning the ways of the wilderness from the mountain clansman - hunting and tracking.